More positive TB tests at Ennis, Texas, high school

The Texas Health Department has reported 27 additional positive tuberculosis tests at Ennis High School in Ennis, Texas, in addition to the four students who have already tested positive.
The health department is bringing in a mobile x-ray truck on Monday to get immediate skin tests and x-rays due to the many first phase positive cases. The large concern is that those who have active TB may have had time to take it home and spread it to family and friends, WFAA reports.
Only 250 of the 1,500 students at Ennis have been tested for the disease. Medical professionals stress that exposure to TB does not automatically result in the disease.
"The way you get tuberculosis (is) that you acquire it and in 35 to 40 years later, you develop symptoms," Dr. Cedric Spak of the Baylor Medical Center said, according to WFAA. "Years. Not months, not even days."
While many in Ennis were concerned about attending Friday night's football game, professionals have said that outdoors is the least likely place to contract the disease, so the game will proceed  as planned.
TB is caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a bacteria that usually attacks the lungs but can attack any part of the body, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.